April 28th Weekly E-votional

Christmas in April is this Saturday, starting at 8:00.  Have you ever wondered why it is called “Christmas in April”?  I was laying awake the other night and that random thought came into my head.

As you know, during Christmas in April, different churches put together teams to work on homes of people who are in need.  My first thought was we called it “Christmas in April” because it is a gift for those we are helping.  It makes sense, after all, Christmas is a time we give gifts, right?

Then I thought a little bit deeper.  I thought about what Christmas is really about.  At Christmas, we celebrate Christ’s birth.  At Christmas, we celebrate Emmanuel, God with us.  At Christmas we celebrate Christ coming into the world and being present with us.  Maybe that is why we call it “Christmas in April”.  It gives us a chance to be Christ’s presence in the world.  At Christmas we celebrate God’s love shown through Christ’s presence with us.  During Christmas in April, we are able to show God’s love to others by being Christ’s presence to them.

Christ lived a live of service.  In Matthew 20:28 he said he “came not to be served but to serve”.  As followers of Christ, we are called to do the same.  In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he writes that we are the body of Christ.  As such, we are called to continue the work of Christ.  How are you continuing the work of Christ?  How are you serving others?  How are you Christ’s presence in the world?

Matthew 25:40  “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

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April 27th News and Notes

SMA Walk

During worship this Sunday, Kyle Bickel will be giving a presentation about SMA.  Our congregation will be hosting a walk to raise money for SMA on Saturday June 10th.  The walk will be one mail at 10:30 and we will have a celebration afterwards.  Kyle will be doing a special presentation to the youth Sunday School class on April 24th and to the entire congregation on May 1st.  Let’s all get involved so we can put an end to SMA!

Christmas in April

Christmas in April is this Saturday.  We will be working on a townhouse near PG college (10167 Scotch Hill Dr in Largo).  There will be decluttering, drywall repair, painting, a stair rail needs to be installed, some light fixtures to be replaced, a new faucet for the kitchen sink, as well as other tasks.  Doughnuts, bagels, and coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will also be provided.  Please contact Chris or Herb Shepard if you can help out.  Please plan on being there between 7:30 and 8:00.

One Great Hour of Sharing

We will be collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing this Sunday.  This month we have designated the funds to go to the UCC movement to help the community in Flint, Michigan.

Committee Chair meeting

The committee chairs will meet this Sunday following worship.  If you have not emailed your reports to Chris, please do so ASAP.

Seeds

We are looking for help providing the meal for May 4th.  If you would like to provide food for the children of Seeds, please click here.

Mars Hill

The Mars Hill mission trip will be July 10th-16th this year.  Please let Chris know if you are interested in going.

Board Meeting

The board will meet Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00.

Children, Youth, and Family Outing

On May 15th, following Sunday School, we will be going out for lunch and bowling.  Everyone is invited, so plan to join us!

Watoto

The Watoto children’s choir is coming back.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 22nd.

 Two Week Outlook

 Wednesday, April 27th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Thursday, April 28th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Women’s Night Out, 6:30, Bowie Town Grill

Saturday, April 30th

  • Christmas in April, 8:00

Sunday, May 1st

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School following worship
  • Committee Chair meeting following Sunday School
  • Warm Nights

Tuesday, May 3rd

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

 Wednesday, May 4th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Friday, May 6th

  • Book Club, 7:00 pm, discussing The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Sunday, May 8th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat and Chew following worship
  • Sunday School following worship 

Monday, May 9th

  • Worship Team, 4:30

Looking Ahead

  • April 30th: Christmas in April
  • June 4th: Bowiefest
  • June 11th: SMA Walk
  • June 26th: Church in the Park
  • July 10th-16th: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 25th-29th: Art and Music Camp
  • September 22nd: Watoto

April 13th News and Notes

SMA Walk

If you read last week’s special weekly e-votional by Kyle Bickel, you know that we will be hosting a walk to raise money for SMA on Saturday June 10th.  The walk will be one mail at 10:30 and we will have a celebration afterwards.  Kyle will be doing a special presentation to the youth Sunday School class on April 24th and to the entire congregation on May 1st.  Let’s all get involved so we can put an end to SMA!

Christmas in April

Christmas in April will be Saturday, April 30th in Largo, MD.  The tasks will include repairing, painting, cleaning, organizing, and more.  All skill levels are invited to join in.  Coffee, bagels/donuts, and lunch will all be provided.  Please contact Herb Sheppard with any questions.

Art and Music Camp

Their will be a meeting for those interested in Art and Music camp following worship this Sunday.  Please plan on attending if you are able to help out.

Seeds

Seeds begins again tonight and run through March 11th.  If you would like to provide food for the children of Seeds one evening, please click here.

Mars Hill

The Mars Hill mission trip will be July 10th-16th this year.  Please let Chris know if you are interested in going.

Children, Youth, and Family Outing

On May 15th, following Sunday School, we will be going out for lunch and bowling.  Everyone is invited, so plan to join us!

Watoto

The Watoto children’s choir is coming back.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 22nd.

 Two Week Outlook

 Thursday, April 14th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton

Sunday, April 17th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School following worship
  • Art and Music camp meeting following Sunday School
  • Family Crisis Center meal

Wednesday, April 20th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Thursday, April 21st

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30

Sunday, April 24th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship
  • Sunday School following worship
  • Rev. Carolyn Tilley filling the pulpit

Wednesday, April 27th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • April 30th: Christmas in April
  • June 4th: Bowiefest
  • June 11th: SMA Walk
  • June 26th: Church in the Park
  • July 10th-16th: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 25th-29th: Art and Music Camp
  • September 22nd: Watoto

Special Weekly E-votional

Friends,

On June 11th, our congregation will be hosting a walk to raise money to cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA for short).  To announce this I have turned this week’s weekly e-votional over to someone else.

Dear United Parish of Bowie Members,

My name is Kyle Bickel, I’m eleven years old, and I have been a member of the United Parish of Bowie church since I was a baby.  I’m not sure if you know this, but in 2014 I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA for short.  SMA is a genetic neuromuscular disorder.  It is considered the most common rare disease.  There are four types of SMA.  People with type 1 typically die when they are infants.  People with type 4 discover SMA when they are adults.  I am very fortunate that I have type three SMA. This allows me to be more active and I have an easier time doing regular tasks.

You might be wondering how this impacts my life.  This impacts my life by making it harder for me to move around, run, walk, and play outside.  My doctor said my leg muscles look like Swiss cheese and a regular day for me is like you carrying a 50-pound book bag everywhere you go.  I sometimes feel left out because I can’t play with my friends.  Since I’ve been diagnosed my family has done fundraisers to help cure SMA and it makes me happy to know people really care about me and others with SMA.

Recently Pastor Chris and Ms. Kennedy asked me if I would be ok with the church doing a walk for SMA and I said yes.  So Pastor Chris and Ms. Kennedy have been trying to get approval to do the walk.  I am very excited for this walk and I am thankful the church is considering it.  I can’t wait to see how much money the United Parish of Bowie will raise!

Sincerely,

Kyle Bickel

 

We look forward to your participation!

March 24th E-votional

Today is Maundy Thursday.  Many people, especially regular church-goers, know that the Thursday before Easter is Maundy Thursday, but a lot of them don’t know what Maundy means.  Maundy is a Latin word meaning “commandment” or “mandate”.  Today is “Commandment Thursday”.

But what is the commandment that was given on the original Thursday?  Matthew, Mark, and Luke recount the Last Supper when Jesus broke the bread and poured the cup and said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”  Is that the commandment?

John’s Gospel does not mention that meal, but instead recounts Jesus washing the disciples feet.  After doing so, he said, “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”  Is this the commandment?

Both of these are instructions to his disciples, and to us by extension.  These are also the two things often highlighted in Maundy Thursday services, but I don’ t think they are specifically the focus.  I think  John 13:34 gives us the actual commandment, though when Jesus says, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

Jesus gives us a new commandment, to love one another as he loves us.  What does that mean.  How does Jesus love us?  Let’s go back to both the foot washing and the Last Supper.

In washing the disciples’ feet, he was putting himself in the position of a servant.  He was humbling himself before them.  He was also putting himself in a vulnerable position.  He was providing the disciples with something they needed.

During the Last Supper, Jesus showed love without judgment, as well as forgiveness, when he broke bread with Judas who betrayed him, Peter who would deny him, and Thomas who would doubt him.  The Last Supper also exemplified the sacrificial nature of Christ’s love.

So today on “Commandment Thursday” we are given a new commandment.  We are to love one another, putting others needs first.  We are to love one another in a way that makes us vulnerable.  We are to love one another in a way that humbles ourselves.  We are to love one another with a nonjudgmental and forgiving love.  We are to love one another with a sacrificial love.  We are to love one another as Christ loved us.

Matthew 22:37-39  37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  38 This is the greatest and first commandment.  39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

March 17th News and Notes

Easter Egg hunt

We will have an Easter Egg hunt following worship on Palm Sunday, March 20th.  We are looking for volunteers to help stuff eggs at 10:00 on March 19th.

Family Crisis Center Easter Baskets

UPB will provide 15 filled Easter Baskets for the children at the Family Crisis Center on Palm Sunday, March 20th.  We are looking for donations of individually wrapped candies, small toys and games, crayons, and plastic Easter eggs.  If you would prefer to make a monetary donation and let the Committee do the shopping, please see Judy Farrell or put a check in the offering basket and designate it for the Easter baskets.  Note:  The Committee has already provided the baskets, grass, and coloring books.

 Maundy Thursday

We will have a Maundy Thursday potluck, Thursday, March 24th at 6:15.  We will celebrate communion as part of the meal.

Good Friday

We are looking for participants for the Good Friday service.  If you are interested in reading, please let Chris knowor sign up here.

Children, Youth, and Family Outing

On May 15th, following Sunday School, we will be going out for lunch and bowling.  Everyone is invited, so plan to join us!

Coloring Group

There is a coloring group forming for adults interested in coloring.  It will be the third Monday at 7:00.  Please bring a snack to share!

 Two Week Outlook

 Thursday, March 17th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30 pm

Saturday, March 19th

  • Egg Stuffing, 10:00

Sunday, March 20th

  • Palm Sunday
  • Easter Baskets fro Family Crisis Center
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School following worship
  • Easter Egg hunt following Sunday School

Monday, March 21st

  • Coloring Group, 7:00

Wednesday, March 23rd

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, March 24th

  • Maundy Thursday Potluck,6:15

Friday, March 25th

  • Good Friday Service,7:30

Sunday, March 26th

  • Easter Sunday
  • Worship, 10:00
  • No Sunday School after worship

Looking Ahead

  • March 27th: Easter
  • April 30th: Christmas in April
  • June 4th: Bowiefest
  • June 26th: Church in the Park
  • July 10th-16th: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 25th-29th: Art and Music Camp

March 10th News and Notes

Risen

Saturday, March 12th, we will go to see the Movie “Risen” at 3:45 in Bowie.  We will then go to TGI Fridays for dinner and to discuss the movie.

Daylight Savings

Don’t forget to Spring ahead this Saturday night!

Lenten Dinner and Activities

Our Lenten dinners and interactive devotionals wrap up next Wednesday.  The dinner them tonight is corned beef and cabbage.  Dinner will start at 6:00 and we will wrap up by 7:15.  During Lent, we will be looking at different ways to interact with the Psalms.  We still need people to provide salad.  Please sign up here.

Family Crisis Center Easter Baskets

UPB will provide 15 filled Easter Baskets for the children at the Family Crisis Center on Palm Sunday, March 20th.  We are looking for donations of individually wrapped candies, small toys and games, crayons, and plastic Easter eggs.  If you would prefer to make a monetary donation and let the Committee do the shopping, please see Judy Farrell or put a check in the offering basket and designate it for the Easter baskets.  Note:  The Committee has already provided the baskets, grass, and coloring books.

Ladies Luncheon

The Ladies will meet for lunch at the Olive Garden on March 11th at 11:30 am.

Coloring Group

There is a coloring group forming for adults interested in coloring.  It will be the third Monday at 7:00.  Please bring a snack to share!

 Easter Egg hunt

We will have an Easter Egg hunt following worship on Palm Sunday, March 20th.  We are looking for volunteers to help stuff eggs at 10:00 on March 19th.

Holy Week

Holy Week will soon be here.  We will have an Easter Egg hunt on Palm Sunday, March 20th after an abbreviated Sunday School.  We will have a Maundy Thursday potluck meal on Thursday, March 24th at 6:15.  Our Good Friday service will be Friday, March 25th at 7:30.

Good Friday

We are looking for participants for the Good Friday service.  If you are interested in reading, please let Chris know.

Children, Youth, and Family Outing

On May 15th, following Sunday School, we will be going out for lunch and bowling.  Everyone is invited, so plan to join us!

 Two Week Outlook

 Friday, March 11th

  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30, Olive Garden
  • Book Club, 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 12th

  • Risen, 3:45. Bowie Theater

Sunday, March 13th

  • Daylight Savings – Spring Ahead!
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat and Chew following worship
  • Sunday School following worship

Monday, March 14th

  • Worship Team, 4:00

Wednesday, March 16th

  • Lenten Intergenerational Devotional, 6:00
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, March 17th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30 pm

Saturday, March 19th

  • Egg Stuffing, 10:00

Sunday, March 20th

  • Palm Sunday
  • Easter Baskets fro Family Crisis Center
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School following worship
  • Easter Egg hunt following Sunday School

Monday, March 21st

  • Coloring Group, 7:00

Wednesday, March 23rd

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, March 24th

  • Maundy Thursday Potluck,6:15

Looking Ahead

  • March 27th: Easter
  • April 30th: Christmas in April
  • June 4th: Bowiefest
  • June 26th: Church in the Park
  • July 10th-16th: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 25th-29th: Art and Music Camp